December 20th, 2004

Balpien4

Longest night for a very long while

I missed a wonderful winter solstice event taking place in Seattle. Fortunately, the Seattle Times reported it:


BETTY UDESEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES
A hula hoop of fire in the hands of dancer Qathi Hart [...]

This will be the longest night in the next 10,000 years as the planet's tilt is at its max, 23.5 degrees, heading back to 21+ degrees. This is not the Chandler Wobble, which has a period of about 1.2 years but the longer 26,000 year cycle.

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